CHRI among human rights organisations petition for probe into alleged torture of Ghanian journalist


GhanaWeb | July 4

Human Rights Organisations have hinted of petitioning the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to investigate and take necessary action in an alleged manhandling and torture of a journalist who is also the editor of an online news portal,

The two journalists are reportedly being investigated for their alleged roles in some cybercrimes and were picked up by the National Security officers last Thursday.

Mr. Britwum was released the following day while Mr. Ajarfo was released that Saturday.

Mr. Ajarfor has said their arrest was tied to the publication of an article that criticized the National Security Minister, Albert Kan Dapaah.

Mr. Ajarfor also made public claims that he was tortured and his digital privacy violated while in National Security custody.

The National Security Council Secretariat has denied the torture claims saying Mr. Ajarfor “was never manhandled, neither was he subjected to any form of forced physical contact.”

However, one of the two ModernGhana journalists who alleged that they had been tortured by national security officers, Emmanuel Britwum, has made a sudden U-turn. Read the full story.